Greenhouses and gardens are both great ways to enjoy working with your hands and see the bounty that results when a seed or small plant is planted, grows and ultimately produces fresh fruit or vegetables.
Food grown organically in greenhouses and gardens is healthier than that produced commercially with a lot of pesticides and chemical fertilizers.
Gardening does more for a person then just providing healthy food; it also nourishes the mind and soul.
There are several ways to involve the whole family in growing plants.
One of the ways is to encourage them to plant a section with the flowers or vegetables they want.
Start by figuring out what vegetables your family enjoys and how much time and money you’ll need to start with.
For those starting out in gardening, you may be surprised to know that a lot can be grown in a small amount of space.
Raised beds are becoming more popular as they do not involve turning over the earth.
Youth can be involved in building raised beds, spreading compost and dirt, marking rows and planting.
Gardening keeps youth and kids involved as they learn how to plant and tend a garden or greenhouse.
Weeding, watering and harvesting are all part of the process. As the plants grow, so will the interest that youth have in them.
Youth who are involved in church may want to plant a garden for the local food bank.
Community gardens are another way to involve youth; the important part is to let them learn by doing and watching those who are already experienced in growing plants.
Incentives for working in gardens and greenhouses can be a simple as having the youths sell the produce they grow.
This often inspires them to take time and grow produce that will bring in money that they can spend or save as they choose.
Another way to involve others in gardening is to be involved in it yourself and share your enthusiasm along with the whole family.
For many teens and preteens, gardening gives them a chance to get outside and to learn new skills.
Gardening is most fun when it is learned early in life; young children are proud of the plants they grow and this should be encouraged by letting them grow in gardens and greenhouses or even container gardens if necessary.
It is best to start with simple plants that will grow quickly such as beans or radishes.
Strawberries are a favorite plant to grow and harvest, as are carrots.
Tomatoes are fun for kids to grow, especially the heirloom types that are a little unusual.
However, if you’re trying to get children interested in gardening, it’s a good idea to foster their new hobby by allowing them to grow whatever they like.
One way to have kids grow plants and have them learn is to allow them to plan and build either a small greenhouse or garden area.
This will lead them into all sorts of lessons, from figuring how much space they need to grow the vegetables to hooking up the a watering system.
Greenhouses will enable gardeners to grow plants out of their normal season.
That is another advantage to working in a greenhouse – the weather is much more pleasant inside the greenhouse when it’s cold outside.
Youth who may not be able to find a summer job can grow vegetables in a garden and use the produce to help feed their family or preserve it for later use in the winter.
Many food banks and rescue mission kitchens are able to use fresh produce.
Organically grown produce is grown without pesticides and chemicals and is healthier.
If youth are planning on selling produce, organically grown varieties will bring in more money.
Growing plants in gardens and greenhouses is a great way to involve school groups or Girl Scout or Boy Scout troops because it gives them a service project that they can use for badge requirements.
Go ahead and challenge youth to build and plant the best garden or greenhouse they can, you will be surprised by their creativity and ingenious ideas on how to make it unique yet workable at the same time.
Greenhouses and gardens are great for youth to become involved in!
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